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Former Runnin' Rebel Seagears Fighting For TBT Spot

April 28, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( - Former UNLV men's basketball player Jerome Seagears is fighting for a chance to gain entry to The Basketball Tournament along with the rest of his semi-professional team - the Silver Spring's Willows Runners.

Seagears and the 11 other members of the Willows Runners are looking to become one of 64 teams from around the nation to make the cut for The Basketball Tournament - an annual five-on-five single-elimination basketball tournament in which teams vie for a $2 million grand prize.

In order to take part in The Basketball Tournament, the Willows Runners must be one of the top 16 teams in the northeast region. There are three ways to achieve that: teams must get enough votes, teams must be selected at-large or teams must enter a play-in event. The Willows Runners are already eligible and fan voting would ensure them a place in The Basketball Tournament.

The Silver Spring's Willows Runners are in the northeast region and should they make the cut as one of the 64 teams, their regional round games would take place on July 8-9 in Philadelphia, Pa. All of those games would be available for viewing on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The semifinal round are broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2 from July 20-23 and the semifinals (August 1) and championship game (August 3) will be shown on ESPN.

Seagears was a part of the Runnin' Rebel program for two years (2014-16). He spent one year as a redshirt after transferring from Rutgers and played as a senior at UNLV during the 2015-16 campaign. He averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Runnin' Rebels that year, while shooting 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.

To vote for Seagears and the rest of the Willows Runners to make them one of 64 eligible teams for The Basketball Tournament, visit their fan page linked below and vote daily.

Silver Spring's Willows Runners Fan Page



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